Madelyne Prior, Black Rook, Her Majesty Madelyne I, Resurrected Queen of Briton, High Protector of the Unified Commonwealth, Sacred Mistress of the Order of Black Knights, Absolute Empress of the North and Breachlands
Earth-998; formerly Earth-9575
Place of Birth
(As Madelyn Pryor) X-Man #5 (1995); (Red Queen, seen) X-Men #68 (2000), (identified) X-Man #70 (2000)
All who examined Madelyne believed her a reanimated corpse or a mere shadow/reflection of Madelyne Pryor's memories created by Nate Grey. Some saw the Phoenix Force or a reflection of the demonic inferno within her. The External Selene abducted Madelyn to gain power within the Hellfire Club, placing Madelyne as the new Black Rook. Madelyne seduced the Club's black King, Sebastian Shaw, and battled Shaw's aide Tessa. Nate decided that Madelyn was a mere extension of himself and tried to absorb her into his body, but she broke free, proving her own power and life. After a brief separation, Madelyne assisted Nate against the Great Beasts, Holocaust, and Stryfe (Nathan Summers-clone). Madelyne and Nate were assisted by the mysterious Ness, in their decisive defeat of the Psi-Ops. Having gradually entered her construct, the Red Queen had worked her way into and placed controls within Nate's mind. After testing her control of his power and confirming that he was not defective, she revealed her motives and used his power to return to Earth-998. The Red Queen intended to use Nate to restore the Empire, but Nate escaped, following the call of Nate Grey-2098, who revealed the Red Queen's origins. Combining their powers, the two Nate Greys duped the Queen into capturing and destroying the wrong Nate, while Nate Grey-295 -having at last realized his full power- destroyed the Red Queen.